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Photo credit: A Christmas Carol 2021 (Photo courtesy of Old Vic)

‘A Christmas Carol’ to return to Old Vic in 2022

The Old Vic will also be home to a new play by Mike Bartlett.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Old Vic has confirmed details on three productions in 2022. A Christmas Carol will return for its sixth consecutive Christmas at the Old Vic, and plays by Mike Bartlett and August Wilson will form part of the 2022 season. 

The Old Vic is currently home to A Number, starring Lennie James and Paapa Esseidu, which runs to 19 March.

Mike Bartlett's latest play, The 47th, will receive its world premiere at the Old Vic this spring. Set in 2024, The 47th will explore who should take the White House at a time of challenging political democracy. Bertie Carvel will play Donald Trump in The 47th, joined by Tamara Tunie as Kamala Harris, and Lydia Wilson as Ivanka Trump.

The 47th marks Bartlett's second play to receive its West End premiere this spring. Bartlett's 2009 play, Cock, opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in March. Rupert Goold will direct The 47th, with a further creative team to be announced. The 47th begins previews on 29 March, ahead of an opening night on 8 April, and performances to 28 May.

The Leeds Playhouse's 2021 production of August Wilson's Jitney will transfer to the Old Vic this summer as part of the show's national tour. Set in 1970s Pittsburgh, Jitney centres on a group of unlicensed drivers as they pass the time in a taxi rank.

Tinuke Craig directs Jitney, and the Jitney cast includes Geoff Aymer, Leanne Henlon, Wil Johnson, Leemore Marrett Jr and Tony Marshall. Jitney begins previews on 9 June, ahead of an opening night on 15 June, and performances to 9 July.

This Christmas, The Old Vic will stage A Christmas Carol for the sixth year running. Jack Thorne's critically-acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts. Previous people to play Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic in London include Stephen Mangan, Andrew Lincoln, and Patterson Joseph.

A Christmas Carol begins previews at the Old Vic on 12 November, ahead of an opening night on 23 November, and performances to 7 Jan. 2023.

Photo credit: A Christmas Carol 2021 (Photo courtesy of Old Vic)

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